Hare Krsna! Dandavats! All glories to Srila Gurudeva! My name, as given by Srila Gurudeva, is Manjuvasini dasi. Some people might know of me as the wife of Nanda Gopal Prabhu, or as the mother of six nice devotee children. By Krsna’s mercy we are long time residents of New Braj (See more at www.NewBraj.com or www. Facebook.com/NewBraj).
By the request of Syamarani Didi, I am writing this little book distribution report. And I am doing so today from our place of livelihood, Golden Coast Gallery, located in beautiful and amazing Clovis, California, USA (It’s about an hour and a half away from New Braj).
We sell transcendental items in our store, such as Syamarani Didi’s art, Gurudeva’s books (as well as books by Srila Prabhupada and Srila Sridhar Maharaja), Kamala’s Comforts (irresistible prasadam cookies from New Braj), and Dr.Bandhu’s handmade soaps and cedar incense (also from New Braj), as well as a lot of other stuff that is more or less mundane. But, as Srila Gurudeva has ordered all of his disciples, regardless of their situation, to distribute his books, we have taken this order on our heads and always have a full display and selection of books available at all times.
Be a Part of the Legacy!
DISTRIBUTE GURUDEVA’S BOOKS !!!
Just recently someone came up to the counter with what we now call “The Big Three”: a Gurudeva book, a Kamala cookie, and a Dr. Bandhu cedar incense stick. Woohoo! We sell all the books here – big, medium, and small – including books like Walking With a Saint, The Biography of Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Maharaja, Bhagavad Gita, large Krsna books, etc. Kitchen of Love has done really well, and also the School of Braj CD. All of these books reach out their mercy to different people in different ways. We also carry a lot of Spanish books because there is a large Spanish-speaking population here. Sometimes people want to meet and discuss what they have read which my husband is really good at and loves doing. Since we are not always here it gives a chance for our employees (who are not devotees themselves) an opportunity to do book distribution so they also get the benefit. Sometimes they even say things like, “Oh, I am hoping for Krsnas mercy!”
To relate just one experience, one day a nice young father with two young daughters in tow was browsing through the gallery. I had already done the meet and greet thing and was just giving him his space. After a little while he came up to me and said, “There are so many beautiful things in here, but I think this is the most beautiful,” and he gestured to a big Krsna Book. I said, “Yes, I agree with you, this is the most beautiful.” He asked, “Is Krsna the God of love?” And I answered, “Yes, Krsna is the God of love.” (He was making it so difficult for me!) So he got the book, gave a donation, and also gave me his business card and personal cell phone number. It turned out he is a homicide detective! Weird!
Well, I guess he must be a very good detective because he detected something very good. I made him give his solemn vow that he would read Krsna Book to his sweet daughters regularly and he agreed that, yes, he would. So, Mr. Homicide Detective, wherever you are now, I hope you and your daughters are doing well and still reading Krsna Book!
And this is only one episode in the continuing adventures of my adventurous life as a regular old, run of the mill, hardworking, Hare Krsna, book distributing housewife! Anybody can do it! Everybody should do it! You can do it, too!! ITS EASY! ITS FUN!!
So, Be a Part of the Legacy!
DISTRIBUTE GURUDEVA’S BOOKS !!!
Most fondly yours,
Manjuvasini dasi from New Braj